Pai Urges Small Cable CAF II Auction Bids; Will They Take Him Up on It?

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today urged small cable companies to bid for funding in the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) auction, scheduled to start in July. The CAF II Auction will award as much as $2 billion over 10 years to cover some of the...Learn More

FCC Now Accepting $2B Connect America Fund Auction Applications for Rural Broadband Expansion

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The FCC said today that it has begun accepting applications for the Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction. Interested parties will have until March 30 to submit Connect America Fund auction applications. The auction will start on July 24 and will make as much...Learn More

Mayors Argue for Local Decision Authority on 5G Infrastructure in Letter to FCC

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Thirty-six mayors and elected local leaders representing Next Century Cities, a bipartisan organization, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that defended local decision-making around 5G infrastructure investments, small cell deployment, and the use of public rights-of-way. The mayoral letter to the...Learn More

Accenture Report Touts $1.56 Billion Savings From FCC Proposal for Streamlining 5G Small Cell Regulations

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According to a new report from Accenture, an FCC proposed wireless infrastructure order, which includes emphasis on 5G small cell deployments, will save Americans $1.56 billion. The report says that the order will lead to more broadband for more Americans — including through an expedited...Learn More

Pai Proposes $954 Million to Restore Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico Broadband

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed to direct approximately $954 million toward restoring and expanding communications networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico broadband networks were all but destroyed during the 2017 hurricane season and for the most part have...Learn More

FCC Poised to Revamp Small Cell Regulation

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At its March 22 Open Meeting, the FCC will vote on a plan streamline small cell regulation. The changes would pertain to the federal historic and environmental review procedure that impacts wireless infrastructure deployments. The announcement was made by Commission Brendan Carr in a Feb....Learn More

Trump Signs Rural Call Completion Legislation

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President Trump has signed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 into law. The rural call completion legislation, which was sent to the president’s desk earlier this month, is aimed at ensuring call completion in rural areas by managing the use of...Learn More

Pai Plans 5G Spectrum Auctions to Start in November

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The FCC hopes to conduct an auction of high-frequency spectrum in the 28 GHz band suitable for 5G wireless services beginning in November, to be followed immediately by an auction of 24 GHz spectrum, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. The 5G spectrum auctions would...Learn More

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Deploys High-Speed Fixed Wireless

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Pioneer Telephone Cooperative and its affiliates have opted to upgrade the company’s LTE fixed wireless networks with higher-speed fixed wireless technology from Mimosa Networks. Pioneer fixed wireless equipment purchases will include Mimosa’s A5c access devices and C/C5c client devices. Pioneer, which is the third largest...Learn More

National Broadband Map Updates: Newer Data, Speed Tiers; Some Still See Flaws

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The FCC today made live an updated National Broadband Map, replacing one originally released seven years ago. National Broadband Map updates include more relevant speed tiers, as well as the ability to overlay satellite imagery, to compare two different areas, to view broadband availability by...Learn More

C Spire 5G Fixed Wireless Test to Feature 3.65 GHz Spectrum

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C Spire plans to test new 5G fixed wireless technology at their Ridgeland, Miss. headquarters tomorrow, with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr in attendance. The C Spire 5G fixed wireless test will feature patented technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cohere Technologies. Cohere’s turboConnect fixed wireless access...Learn More

Comcast Fixed and Mobile Wireless Trials to Use Portion of CBRS Band

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Comcast is planning fixed and mobile wireless trials in Philadelphia using spectrum in the 3650-3700 MHz band, according to a news report from Mobile World Live based on a Comcast FCC filing. The possibility of a Comcast fixed wireless offering is a new development. The...Learn More

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